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Bridgestone J715 460 Driver

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If you’re not a fan of companies that release several new drivers each year, Bridgestone’s philosophy could be music to your ears. The company’s new J715 460 driver is its first new model in four years.

“We want consumers to know that when we introduce a new club, it will always offer real tangible performance benefits,” said Josh Kinchen, Golf Clubs and Accessories Marketing Manager at Bridgestone Golf.

Bridgestone incorporated four new technologies into its new J715 460 driver that allow it to launch higher and spin less than its predecessor — the recipe for more driver distance.

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The most important of those technologies could be the Flex Action Speed Technology (F.A.S.T) in the crown, which will help golfers launch the ball higher and faster. F.A.S.T. means that the crown is thinner near the face, and gets progressively thicker towards the rear of the club head. The construction allows the face to flex more at impact, imparting more spring-like effect to improve launch.

Since the crown is designed to add a little “give” at impact, the Flex Action technology increases what the company calls “repulsion,” which means the ball moves away from the face faster than before. Think about it like this — you can jump higher off a diving board than rock hard cement, right?

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You know when it’s raining and your driver face gets wet, and you can feel the ball slip off the face and go astray? On most driver faces on the market today, this happens when it’s dry, too. When the ball slips around on the face during impact, it causes unwanted spin and amplifies the effect of off-center strikes.

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Bridgestone’s power-milled face (see it magnified above) is said to reduce that unwanted slippage at impact by adding friction, which enhances the quality of compression while the ball is on the face and reduces spin by 200-to-300 rpm’s, according to Bridgestone’s robot testing.

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Bridgestone also added its new Spin Flight Control Technology to the driver that allows golfers to adjust the center of gravity — golf’s hottest trend to increase distance. The J715 has two adjustable weights in its sole that allow golfers to customize CG — either more forward for less spin and more fade, or more rearward for more spin and more draw.

The J715 460 also has an adjustable hosel that can set the face angle 1 degree open or closed, and the lie angle can be set to standard, or 1- or 2-degrees upright.

The J715 driver ($399) will be in stores on Feb. 1, 2015 in lofts of 8.5, 9.5, 10.5 and 12-degrees for right-handers (9.5 and 10.5-degrees for lefties available April 1). The stock shaft is a Mitsubishi Fubuki ZT with a Yellow Golf Pride Tour Velvet Grip.

See more photos and read the discussion in the forums.

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. Romanempire

    Jan 19, 2015 at 10:21 am

    I am excited for this product as I play and promote Bridgestone to the fullest. Driver down through the wedges along with the balls. They have been successful with their rise to #2 in the ball market, more importantly the gap they have built between themselves and the #3 ball company, so now they can focus on being a force in the club market. Product looks great and they are a great company!

  2. denny c

    Jan 14, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    I have this driver and I love it. I wish it came with jdm tour ad mj shaft but then again i do not want to drop another 300+

  3. jim b

    Jan 7, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Love what I see and read about this club.Will probably be buying one in about two years when they are much cheaper and I recover from my daughters wedding expenses this July.Thanks & good luck.

  4. Regis

    Jan 7, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    I’m hoping its distributed widely enough so I can at least demo it. By the way the photo of the crown when examined seems to show no leaves on the trees, snow on the windshield and the author wearing a stocking cap. Same here and it makes me want to demo the club even more.

  5. Mike Honcho

    Jan 7, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    Did I eat too much peyote for Christmas??? Left handed??? Be still my beating, hallucinating melon.

  6. Chris c

    Jan 6, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    I look forward to trying this driver. I hope that when it is actually released in North America that both weight ports remain adjustable. I had been looking forward to trying the Srixon 545 until they decided to only release a “dumbed down” version in North America.

  7. leon

    Jan 6, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Nice club! I have the J40 irons and wedges in the bag but am hesitate to put the woods in. Their lie angles are way too much upright for me, plus a closed club face, man, I will keep searching the balls on the left side all day long.

    • Fred

      Jan 6, 2015 at 11:23 am

      All the J40 drivers I’ve seen sit dead straight (neutral). That’s one thing I love about them, so easy to align.

  8. stripe

    Jan 6, 2015 at 9:38 am

    Would love to try it if any places had them.

  9. Jonny B

    Jan 6, 2015 at 8:40 am

    This likely won’t reach the masses or sell in high numbers, I don’t think I’ve ever seen Bridgestone clubs in a big box retailer – mostly seen them online or in pro shops.

    I do applaud the shaft choice, I have a Fubuki ZT in my current Callaway driver and love the control it gives me. Heavier and stiffer than most stock offerings which actually will benefit the amateur golfer, help them keep it in the fairway more often.

  10. Square

    Jan 6, 2015 at 4:41 am

    I’d put in the bag right now….nice!

  11. other paul

    Jan 6, 2015 at 1:55 am

    Looks like a Callaway driver from the top to me…

  12. slimeone

    Jan 5, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    I love Bridgestone and I’m sure this is a great driver but all this tech is old and already semi-redundant. TM just release their tech as soon as they can because they know that it gets old quickly. What is with the F.A.S.T acronym which sounds like the thick-thin face that others have been using for years? And the term “repulsion” sounds to me like COR.

    I feel like Bridgestone Golf are pretty lazy and they don’t really care either way which I somehow respect. They also put out quality gear so it’s cool.

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Sam Burns WITB 2023 (January)

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Driver: Callaway Rogue ST Triple Diamond (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 7 TX

4-wood: Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero (17 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 8 X

Hybrid: Callaway Apex UW (21 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 8 X

Irons: Callaway Apex TCB
Shafts: Project X 125 6.5

Wedges: Callaway Apex TCB (AW), Callaway Jaws MD5 (56-10S
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (AW), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (56)

Putter: Odyssey O-Works #7s Black
Grip: Odyssey

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Align

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Driver: TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X

3-wood: TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus (15 @ 15.75)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 8 TX

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM2 MAX (19 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX 100 6.5

Irons: TaylorMade P750 (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM7 (52-12F, 56-08M)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Putter: TaylorMade Ghost Corza
Grip: SuperStroke Traxion

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

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TOUR REPORT: Jason Day’s new Scotty Cameron, celebrity Ben Baller’s WITB, and Xander’s new 3-wood

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The West Coast swing continued this week on the cliffs of San Diego at Torrey Pines for the 2023 Farmers Insurance Open, and we caught up with some of the top players (and celebrities) in attendance to see what clubs are in their bag, and what changes they’re making.

As GolfWRX uncovered, Xander Schauffele, Jason Day and Justin Rose made equipment changes ahead of the event. We also caught up with famous celebrities Ben Baller and Gareth Bale to get glimpse at their equipment setups; both players competed in the Pro-Am on Wednesday. We also spotted some new equipment that players were testing, and we caught up with Gary Woodland to check out his new Cobra setup.

Let’s waste no more time and get right into this week’s Tour Report from the 2023 Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

Check out all of our photos from Torrey Pines here

Day switches to a new blacked-out Scotty Cameron…and a 7-wood

Back at the 2022 Shriners Open in October, I caught up with Jason Day to learn why he switched into a Scotty Cameron putter for the first time in his career, and what he liked about his new rounded mallet putter. He said the previous putters he used in the last few years – TaylorMade’s Spider Tour, and Odyssey’s Toulon Daytona – sat a bit too square, and looked as if they were pointing left of the target. The rounder Scotty Cameron mallet looked to point a bit more to the right, helping him to start the ball on a better line.

Here’s a look at his original Scotty Cameron build:

Last week at The 2023 American Express, however, Day switched into a nearly identical head, except this time it was made with a “Tour Black” finish. He ended up finishing 2nd in Strokes Gained: Putting on the week, and we caught with him on Tuesday at the 2023 Farmers Insurance this week to get a look at the new putter for ourselves:

Could this be the putter that helps Day get his magic back on the greens?

I went into way more depth into the putter switch over on PGATOUR.com, so click the link if you’re interested. We also have more photos and discussion of the putter in our GolfWRX Forums.

For this week, due to the particularly heavy rough and firm greens at Torrey Pines, Day also put in a TaylorMade Stealth 7-wood, equipped with a Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 80X shaft. His caddie says he flies it about 245-250 yards and lands softly.

Check out more photos and discussion of Day’s switches here

Schauffele finally changes up his 3-wood

While Schauffele upgraded into a new Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond driver at the 2023 Sentry Tournament of Champions, he kept his old Epic Speed Triple Diamond 3-wood in the bag that week. As we covered in our full story on PGATOUR.com, he struggles with 3-woods that spin too low when he hits a right-to-left shot; he doesn’t want the ball coming in too hot and not being able to hold the green.

Since then, however, he found a new Paradym Triple Diamond 3-wood setup that minimizes that concern. His new 16.5-degree HL fairway wood, which is actually bent down to 15.3 degrees, has helped Schauffele tighten spin variation due to the spin consistency across the face.

He put the new 3-wood into play on Wednesday at Torrey Pines.

Xander Schauffele’s full WITB at the 2023 Farmers Insurance Open

Woodland’s new Cobra setup

Gary Woodland officially signed an equipment deal with Cobra at the beginning of 2023, and we finally got a first look at his full WITB setup as a full-time Cobra staffer at the 2023 Farmers Insurance Open. Most notably, Woodland switched into a new set of Cobra King MB irons, which he said are “literally off the rack.”

Check out the rest of his 2023 WITB here

Hideki tests an all-new Graphite Design putter shaft

According to Graphite Design rep Erik Boysen, there have been only two prototypes made of a new Graphite Design putter shaft, and Matsuyama tested one of them this week at Torrey Pines. The shaft is designed to provide increased stiffness and stability throughout the stroke. While Matsuyama isn’t putting it in play just yet, we’ll certainly keep an eye on his putter shaft going forward, and keep an eye on Graphite Design to see how this product may progress.

Join the discussion about the new shaft prototype here

Ben is a Baller

Ben Baller is a famous actor/jeweler/designer/entrepreneur/avid golfer/TaylorMade staffer, and he was also on the winning Pro-Am team this week.

Ahead of his victorious round at Torrey Pines, we got a look at all the clubs in Baller’s bag.

We expected nothing less than an eye-popping custom Scotty Cameron Masterful putter, engraved with his name and paint-filled with Lakers yellow. Uniquely, though, Baller went with a driver-less setup to help avoid the rough at Torrey Pines, so he went with a top-end setup full of TaylorMade Stealth2 and Stealth fairway woods and hybrids.

He fills out his bag with TaylorMade Stealth irons, TaylorMade Hi-Toe wedges and custom TaylorMade golf balls with his logo on them.

Check out Ben Baller’s full WITB here

Kickin’ it with Gareth Bale

 

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Gareth Bale – a newly retired Welsh soccer player (or footballer, if you prefer) – also teed it up alongside Ben Baller on the winning Pro-Am team. While we didn’t get a chance to capture photos of every club in Bale’s bag, we managed to capture a few photos of his setup.

He doesn’t have a bad golf swing, either, especially for being a former world-class member of Real Madrid and Tottenham.

 

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Justin Rose switches drivers

The last time we caught up with Rose at the 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open, the equipment free agent had an old TaylorMade M2 2016 driver in the bag. He’s been conducting extensive driver testing recently, though.

This week, he ended up switching to a new Callaway Paradym 8.5-degree head, equipped with a Fujikura Ventus Black 6X shaft.

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Ben Martin’s new EvnRoll putter

Martin was previously using an old Guerin Rife mallet putter, but he switched into a new EvnRoll EV5.2 mallet putter at the 2023 Farmers Insurance Open.

James Hahn shows up with a mixed bag

Former PXG staffer James Hahn has apparently gone the free agent route in 2023, since he showed up at Torrey Pines this week with a mixed-brand setup, which includes a Titleist driver, TaylorMade fairway wood, PXG hybrid, Callaway irons, Titleist Vokey wedges, and a Scotty Cameron putter.

See what GolfWRX members are saying about Hahn’s new free agency and golf clubs

TaylorMade’s San Diego head covers

TaylorMade’s Carlsbad HQ is just down the road from Torrey Pines, so the company typically designs some San Diego-inspired headcover heat when the PGA Tour comes into town. The 2023 Farmers Insurance sunset versions certainly did not disappoint.

Unfortunately, the sun is also setting on this week’s Tour Report from Torrey Pines. We’ll see you next week as the Tour travels up the West Coast to Pebble Beach.

Check out all of our photos from Torrey Pines here

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